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SAXoPRESS Image Flow
using ImageProcessing XT

Normally the SAXoImageProcessing System handles both the color and black/white images. However, to show the flexibility of the system, the following example of an Image Flow in SAXoPRESS presumes that color images are handled manually by the Reprodepartmet, and only black/white images go through a fully automatic process.

Image Flow Diagram (12k)

1. Images arrive from various agencies and is delivered into their normal structure. At the same time RGB-images in JPEG format from photographers and the repro-department in separate input-folder - for example named SPO*.....(filename) to indicate that the image belongs to the category SPORT. In the same way begin-codes are defined for other categories (BUS = Business, CUL = Culture etc.). This can also be combined with the date for when it is to be used.

In the InputControl processor, the file-format is checked and standardized to RGB in EPS/JPEG, if they do not already have this format. At the same time a standard correction is performed on the images, based on which input channel they come from (for example to remove colorcast from wirephotos).
Finally, the image previews which are necessary for the newspaper's workflow are made.

2. All images are moved from InputControl to the newspaper's (image) file-server, where they are automatically routed out into the right folders, depending on their category. The IPTC info, all the previews and links to the original on the image file server is logged into the SAXoPRESS Database. The images and the accompanying IPTC info can then be viewed from the Pictures and WirePhoto modules in SAXoPRESS.

3. The images are placed on the QuarkXPress pages in the normal fashion by the newsroom, - by getting them manually from the file-server. Images are placed, rotated, cropped and scaled in QuarkXPress until the image is seen as finished.

Using SAXoImageProcessor XT, you can check whether the image keep within the guidelines of the newspaper's quality demands. At the same time, there is the possibility to make one or more standard corrections for colorcast, color to B/W conversion, etc.

Then the images are sent to automatic processing via SAXoImageProcessor XT from QuarkXPress. As a control function, the imageboxes of pictures sent to imageprocessing are highlighted with a bright magenta frame, which first disappears when the original image is replaced by the processed image.

4. The ImageProcessing Server pick up the image-processing order from QuarkXPress. The Server then retrieves a copy of the original image, makes the ordered changes (scaleing, cropping, color to B/W conversion, etc.) plus eventual standard functions such as for example Unsharpen Mask.

When the image has been processed the ImageProcessing Server writes back to the QuarkXPress-page, telling it that there is a new copy of the image, and where this image is placed.

5a. Before the ImageProcessing Server archives the new image, the image is checked for color-information. If there are colors in the image, the image is delivered to the folder "RGB Pictures".

5b. If the image is B/W it is delivered to the folder "Processed Pictures" - and will automatically be inserted into the desired spot on the QuarkXPress-page via SAXoUpDate XT (9).

6. Repro-department. The SAXoPRESS Picture module is installed in the repro-department. The repro department can then automatically see and browse the images from the folder "RGB Pictures" (and possibly "Processed Pictures"). The images can then be opened from the Pictures module in Adobe Photoshop or similar.

Color images are opened in for example Photoshop to make manual color corrections and CMYK separation. After final processing by repro, the images are archived again without changing image name or location (it is after all copies of the originals).

8. The processed images are routed to the folder "Processed Pictures" from the SAXoPRESS Picture module via the SAXoPRESS menu point - "Move to Processed Pictures", which automatically moves the image(s) to the right folder.

9. Now, all processed images are in the folder "Processed Pictures". SAXoUpDate XT automatically updates all image links, thus automatically exchanging the originally placed images on the QuarkXPress pages with the new and processed version as they come in. Then the pages are ready for output.

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